Basic Neuroscience

Head: Dr. Weihong Song

Division Members

The Division of Basic Neuroscience is an integral unit within the Department of Psychiatry. The mission of the Division is to understand the basic neurobiological mechanisms underlying normal brain function and neuropsychiatric disease. The Division has played a key role in the development of the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, at UBC, and our faculty are heavily involved in graduate and postgraduate teaching in the neurosciences.

The members of the Division are fully committed to working together with other members of the Department of Psychiatry to provide a unique opportunity to examine novel drug targets and therapeutics aimed at schizophrenia and depression, compulsive behaviours including drug addiction and neurodegenerative processes, including Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and stroke. A major strength of this collaborative effort is our ability to examine these issues from the level of basic cellular and molecular mechanisms, to animal models, human brain imaging, clinical trials and ethical concerns. Our strengths in these areas are complemented by those of other investigators associated with the Brain Research Centre.